The Woman's Star

Publisher Joseph E. Atkinson daringly turns over the entire Toronto Star newspaper to women, who publish a special Victoria Memorial Edition on May 23, 1901.

The move raises eyebrows in the newspaper trade, where a common Victorian era view is that women are best suited to cooking, scrubbing floors, boiling laundry and raising children.

But the editions sells out, and helps to open the door to future women journalists.

This Victoria Memorial Edition of the Toronto Star, some called it the The Women's Star, was likely an idea planted in the mind of the founder of the Toronto Star, Joseph E. Atkinson, by his wife and fellow journalist Elmina Atkinson (nee Elliott).